HANOVER, Pa. – Austin Hogue was the class of the field in claiming the season opener for 358 sprint cars at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
“I can thank our guys enough for giving me a great car,” said the Manchester driver. “I love racing here. This is a great track.”
A redraw for the feature put Hogue fourth at the start. He was already second by the end of the first lap, and drove under polesitter Jeff Rohrbaugh to grab the lead in turn two of lap three. From there, he drove away to a 2.54-second win over Rohrbaugh.
“I knew with Jeff out front it would be tough,” said Hogue, “But this car was awesome tonight.”
Rohrbaugh was faster than everyone else to cross second, with Cris Eash, hard charger Robbie Kendall (who started ninth), and Zach Euculano completing the top five.
Two-time defending track champ Timothy Hahn took the lead from Justin Mitchell exiting turn four of lap 13 and went on to win the 20-lap street stock feature. His final margin of victory over Mitchell was 3.16 seconds. Third through fifth were Jeremy Stremmel (who started last), David Goode, and Joseph Racine.
Scott Houdeshell of Enola was the winner of a wild 20-lap Central PA Legends feature.
He started on the pole, led the first six laps, yielded to seventh-starting Bob Stough (who led laps seven through 18), and then reclaimed the lead in turn four as the leaders were crossing under the white flag.
In all, five cars were battling for the lead over the second half of the race.
Brad Kress started on the outside of the front row and led every lap of the 15-lap limited stock feature. Cory Weishaar finished second, followed by Ryan Smith, Tom Senseney, Jr., and 22nd-starting Rod Weaver.